John Wilson honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians for services to music

John receiving the award with ISM President David Saint. Photo © Samuel Taylor

John receiving the award with ISM President David Saint. Photo © Samuel Taylor

John has been awarded the prestigious ISM Distinguished Musician Award 2018 for his services to music. The award was announced on the morning of 15 March during a rehearsal at the Royal Academy of Music.

Of the award, Deborah Annetts (Chief Executive, ISM) said:

“After careful consideration, the ISM is delighted to award John Wilson the ISM Distinguished Musician Award for his services to music. He is an eminent conductor, arranger and musicologist in his own right and also a delight to watch perform, whether it be a rousing performance of Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 or the glittering music from the golden age of Hollywood.”

The award, established in 1976, recognises outstanding contributions that an individual has made to musical life in the UK. Only one award is presented each year, and John joins an renowned list of past recipients; the last few years has included individuals such as: Kathryn McDowell, Oliver Knussen and Dame Emma Kirkby.

On receiving the ISM Award, John said:

“The roll call of previous recipients of the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Distinguished Musician Award is awe-inspiring.  To be recognised by one’s peers is always humbling and I feel greatly honoured to find my name added to this illustrious list.”

 

Florence Eves